|Hiking||18.00 Miles||2 Days || |
|2,300 ft AEG|| || || |
My semi-annual tour to the Garden, August becoming my new favorite time to go because there is usually no one there, the roads too muddy for most folks to make, the storms and the heat. Just lovely.
I started out from Deer Creek and took the Tortilla trail. This current trail deviates from the one on USGS maps, and I made it my business to locate and try to follow the old trail. Ewwwww- not recommended. It is a map and compass bushwack. The old trail takes off and goes up and over several ridges to drop in the head of Horse Canyon. In places pretty non existant from non use; maybe a bear or a cow has been on it in a couple of spots. Brutal brush and some cliffy spots.
Normally I make it to the Garden with hours of daylight to spare but was slow getting in there this way.
Bears had torn up the cabin again, so I worked on it and with it raining off and on homesteaded in the cabin. Oddly devoid of any mousecapades.
All the sidecanyons and main canyons had running water and plenty of greenery although not as jungle like as last year. Still magical and plenty of strolling thru the Power garden meadow and wading in the now Rattlesnake canyon creek. Tree fall near the spring area but still accessible.
I returned the newer and easier Tortilla trail under cloudy skies and fair humidity. Saw a few deer, a large rattlesnake that was photo shy and tons of lizards, butterflies and grasshoppers. As usual this time of year no footprints but mine on the trail. The road in had been signed for 4wd only and the gate closed because of cattle grazing so I expect I was the only one in this end of the mountain range this day.
And what a grand couple of days it was, as it always is here in the most special of mountain ranges.
|"We don't care about aesthetics" --forest service representative, re: Oak Fire, Galiuro|